2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata: Which midsize sedan is best?
When it comes to the basic family sedan, the Honda Accord has long been one of the top sellers, packing in reliability and performance at an affordable price.
However, the Hyundai Sonata just got a major re-working for this year, and is looking to take the sales crown from the competition.
Interestingly, the Honda Accord was the first Japanese or foreign automobile manufactured in the USA, with the first production of the Accord beginning in 1982 at Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio. The still popular Honda Accord also became the first “best selling vehicle in the USA” designed and manufactured in the United States, by a foreign company… after only 7 years.
LEARN MORE Hybrid Touring shown in Obsidian Blue Pearl. Battery warranty covers the hybrid’s high-voltage battery*.Hybrid Touring shown in Obsidian Blue Pearl. Battery warranty covers the hybrid’s high-voltage battery*. Daring yet elegant, the exterior design of the 2020 Accord speaks to its exceptional combination of innovation, efficiency and performance.
There’s a lot to like about both cars and it’s tough to decide a winner here. Honda has more engine options, including a punchy 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant, but both the Sonata and the Accord are fairly even when it comes to efficiency. The two are pretty evenly matched in size as well, but interior space is quite different. Taller drivers might want to test out the Sonata first.
2020 Honda Accord can be one sporty midsize sedan
However, it’s really the features that distinguish the Accord and the Sonata. The Accord gets the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance features and the Sonata gets Hyundai’s equivalent, SmartSense, which is much more robust. Further, there are a lot of options available on the Sonata, like a digital gauge cluster and a highway driving assistant that combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, which can’t be had on the Accord.
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We’ve named the Honda Accord to our 10Best list a record number of times because it’s perennially the most impressive family sedan on sale-and the 2020 model is no different. The Honda has three powertrain choices-including a hybrid-blend efficiency and power. The two gasoline four-cylinders can be paired with an engaging manual transmission or a slick-shifting 10-speed automatic.
The 2020 Honda Accord rises high on our list of four-doors-crossovers, sedans, trucks, anything really-thanks to its attractive mix of style, practicality, space, and of course, price. This year, the Accord carries on without change, our TCC Rating doesn’t either. It’s 7.0 thanks to its space and features-and superlative safety scores.